Red faces over pres­i­dent’s copy­cat speech

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IN AN em­bar­rass­ing start to his new pres­i­dency, Ghana’s new head of state has apol­o­gised for pla­gia­rism dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral speech.

The of­fice of Nana Akufo-Addo is­sued an apol­ogy on Sun­day af­ter he was ac­cused of lift­ing pas­sages from speeches by Bill Clin­ton and Ge­orge W Bush dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress to the na­tion, Al Jazeera re­ported yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing his Satur­day swear­ing-in-cer­e­mony in the cap­i­tal Ac­cra, so­cial me­dia users started point­ing out sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Akufo-Addo’s speech and those de­liv­ered by the two for­mer US pres­i­dents.

“Though our chal­lenges are fear­some, so are our strengths. Ghana­ians have been a restless, quest­ing, hope­ful peo­ple. And we must bring to our task to­day the vi­sion and will of those who came be­fore us,” Aku­foAddo said.

It echoed Clin­ton’s 1993 in­au­gu­ra­tion speech: “Though our chal­lenges are fear­some, so are our strengths. And Amer­i­cans have ever been a restless, quest­ing, hope­ful peo­ple. We must bring to our task to­day the vi­sion and will of those who come be­fore us,” Clin­ton said.

In an­other in­stance, Aku­foAddo said: “I ask you to be ci­ti­zens: ci­ti­zens, not spec­ta­tors; ci­ti­zens, not sub­jects; re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zens build­ing your com­mu­ni­ties and our na­tion.”

In his 2001 in­au­gu­ral speech, Ge­orge Bush said: “I ask you to be ci­ti­zens: ci­ti­zens, not spec­ta­tors; ci­ti­zens, not sub­jects; re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zens build­ing com­mu­ni­ties of ser­vice and a na­tion of char­ac­ter.”

Akufo-Addo, 72, a for­mer hu­man rights lawyer de­feated in­cum­bent John Dra­mani Ma­hama in last month’s elec­tions.

PIC­TURE: AP

Ghana’s pres­i­dent, Nana Akufo-Addo.

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